HBO To Explore Black Hollywood With Docu-Style Comedy From Salim Akil

Exclusive: HBO has teamed with film and TV director and showrunner Salim Akil for Mr. Director, a single-camera comedy project Akil is set to write, produce and direct. Mr. Director, now in development, is envisioned as being in the vein of Larry David’s documentary-style HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm but with the backdrop of Black Hollywood. Like David, Akil will play a version of himself in Mr. Director, which will explore the life and times of Salim in the business and highlights the outrageous, circuitous path taken to become one of Hollywood’s Top 50 showrunner/directors. Akil is currently finishing Season 7 of Bet’s The Game, on which he serves as director as well as co-showrunner alongside the series’ creator, his producing partner/wife, Mara Brock Akil. Under Akils’ rich multi-year deal with Bet, Salim Akil also executive produces Brock Akil’s new series Being Mary Jane, and directed the 90-minute pilot,
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Katherine Heigl Signs With CAA

Katherine Heigl Signs With CAA
Exclusive: Exactly a week after exiting Paradigm, actress Katherine Heigl has signed with CAA. Heigl left Paradigm following the exit of her longtime agent Norm Aladjem, who moved to Levity Entertainment Group. Heigl is a two-time Golden Globe nominee and Emmy-winning actress for Grey’s Anatomy and starred in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up, Anne Fletcher’s 27 Dresses and Robert Luketic’s The Ugly Truth. She will next be seen starring in The Wedding with Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. She remains with attorney Stephen Barnes at Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein & Kohner.
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Chris Rock to redo 'Funeral' service

Chris Rock to redo 'Funeral' service
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Sony's Screen Gems are partnering with Chris Rock for an urban reworking of the 2007 British comedy "Death at a Funeral."

Rock will produce, star and co-write the script with Aeysha Carr.

The project is inspired by Ske's 2007 feature, which was written by Dean Craig and directed by Frank Oz. That film made for about $9 million and released by MGM in the U.S., grossed $8.5 million stateside and $46.5 million worldwide.

Sidney Kimmel, Share Stallings and Laurence Malkin are returning to produce the new version.

William Horberg, who served as executive producer for the 2007 version, also is on board to produce under the terms of the first-look arrangement he struck with Ske when he left the company as its production chief.

The ensemble comedy will take place in an urban American setting and centers on a funeral ceremony that devolves into a debacle of misplaced cadavers, indecent exposure and family secrets.
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